Aidy Boothroyd criticised his Cobblers players for making the kind of stupid mistakes more associated with ‘park pitches’ in their defeat at Hartlepool United.
Town remain rock bottom in Sky Bet League Two after a 2-0 loss at Victoria Park that was the team’s eighth defeat in nine away games this season.
Boothroyd was reluctant to discuss the controversial second-half penalty that effectively sealed his side’s fate in the north-east.
Instead he pulled no punches in his assessment of a team performance that he admitted was nowhere near the standard he expects of them.
“It took me a long time to come out here and think about my answers to your questions,” he said.
“My question to the players before every game and every training session is ‘are you going to be the best you can be?’
“And if they’re that then they will never have a problem with me. Even if we lose, I’ll take that on the chin.
“But when we make daft, stupid decisions that gift goals then I find that very hard to take.
“If another team beats you then fair enough but we did things that were stupid, utter stupidity and you wouldn’t see teams on park pitches do them.”